There are a number of reasons to like Sicario. This movie has amazing… MoreThere are a number of reasons to like Sicario. This movie has amazing cinematography. It puts you in the middle of everything that's going on. At the same time, the movie intentionally keeps you in the dark, putting you in the same company as the lead, Emily Blunt. It gets frustrating, but that's part of the movie. Sicario drew a fine line between very good movie and dud, but comes through toward the end to be a very good movie. This is a solid script and is well directed. It's incredibly violent, but not just for violence's sake. Blunt's character seems a bit too whiny in the beginning, but it ends up being necessary for the movie to work.
For people who have a solid idea of "good vs. evil," Sicario will seem like nothing more than Hollywood entertainment. The fact that there is a middle ground, or more people are on the "evil" side of things that one would think, could cause more people to think about what's going on and may be a catalyst for many a discussion on the reality of America's involvement in the illegal drug trade.
Emily Blunt is an entertaining actress, and Josh Brolin is on top of his game as the casual DoD agent. I firmly believe that Benicio Del Toro should be in every movie made, and he reinforces why in Sicario.
Sicario is worth spending money on, whether you go to the theater or a rent.
Mr. Holmes is a continuation of the life of detective Sherlock Holmes.… MoreMr. Holmes is a continuation of the life of detective Sherlock Holmes. It's a movie I wouldn't recommend to most of my friends because of the type of movie it is, but those who like dramas with great acting and dialogue will fall for Mr. Holmes.
I finally got to see Ian McKellen in a lead role again where he's not Magneto or Gandalf. There's a bit of mystery and a couple of twists that push the story along. McKellen gave me a glimpse of Sherlock Holmes in his later years. Instead of the typical confident Holmes, McKellen created a hesitant old man who'd disappeared from the limelight. He was assisted by Milo Parker, a seemingly up-and-coming actor who stood out as well.
I wouldn't tell my typical summer movie fan friends to see Mr. Holmes, but it's a very good film that certain people are going to enjoy immensely.
The Martian is an incredible movie. I don't know how else to say it.… MoreThe Martian is an incredible movie. I don't know how else to say it. It has a run-time of two hours and 14-minutes, but I can't remember a moment when I thought it was dragging. The Martian had drama, comedy, and action.
Damon created a character that everyone in the theater was rooting for. I don't think it mattered as much who the supporting cast was, but it was a massive list. Everyone was on top of their games. From the people on the ground, Wiig, Bridges, Ejiofor, to Watney's fellow crew, with the likes of Pena and Chastain out front, everyone was fantastic.
It's not like The Martian is going to win a bunch of awards, but with all the elements The Martian had, it's a fun and entertaining film that may be mentioned during "the season." It's also a unique film, which is rare now-a-days. And it's definitely worth seeing.
The Maze Runner was a surprise to me. It was definitely better than I… MoreThe Maze Runner was a surprise to me. It was definitely better than I thought it was going to be. The Scorch Trials isn't on par with Maze Runner, but it's still a good enough movie that I to want to see what happens next. There are five books in all, and I can only guess that if they make it to the final book, they're going to split it to make sure the series goes out with a fizzle rather than a bang, like Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter so far. Until that point, I'm going to hope the next movies will be at least on par with Scorch Trials.
The young cast is very good and they all seem like they're going to stay in Hollywood for at least the foreseeable future. The Scorch Trials progresses the story from the maze to another area and keeps the basic story going.
Black Mass is a solid movie, and they have Johnny Depp to thank for… MoreBlack Mass is a solid movie, and they have Johnny Depp to thank for it. Yes, they could have found other actors to do the job, but nobody would have pulled it off like Depp.
Black Mass could be Depp's return to the Oscar mention list. He had a massive supporting cast and a hard charging young director (Scott Cooper who's first two movies are Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace) to help him along. It's not enough to have a story like Whitey Bulger's, you need a bunch of people to translate the movie so it works on-screen, and they did a very good job of that. There weren't any flat moments. The jumping back and forth from one place to the other did make some of the movie a little choppy, but it's not impossible to keep up with.
This pre-Oscar caliber movie is good enough to get you into the coming season. Black Mass is a solid movie that I would say was worth my time and money.
I'm going to explain Green Inferno and leave it at that. Imagine a… MoreI'm going to explain Green Inferno and leave it at that. Imagine a kitten playing with a ball of yarn... shaped like a severed head. Spray around some fake blood, put people in the background yelling and screaming like something horrible is happening. Now add some "what you're watching is scary" music. There is nothing of value to this piece of garbage. It's like Eli Roth walked down a street and asked people if they've ever thought about acting and put the ones who said "no" in his film.
The farther Shyamalan gets from Sixth Sense, the more I've come to… MoreThe farther Shyamalan gets from Sixth Sense, the more I've come to realize that he's not going to be able to make anything at that level again. I think The Visit is a return to good movie making though. The twist in The Visit is a good one, but he didn't lead us to it in the movie. It was more subtle, which agrees with M. Night's style but I would have liked to see more than a found footage style movie.
The short run-time makes the story stay focused and keeps it from dragging. The cast is good enough to not be a hindrance to the film. It's good enough to see when it makes it to the movie channels.
I didn't expect a lot from No Escape, but have to say that it turned… MoreI didn't expect a lot from No Escape, but have to say that it turned out better than expected. It's got a pretty good pace and an alright cast. I've enjoyed a number of movies Pierce Brosnan has been in post James Bond, and he turns in a limited yet entertaining performance in No Escape. Owen Wilson and Lake Bell come across convincingly as a couple who get caught up in such a scenario.
I do have to add that I saw the trailer dubbed in Italian and they gave Wilson a macho voice, which kills what was so effective in No Escape.
The ending was a bit flat, but the road that lead there was plenty of fun. This is worth renting in my book.
Although I was mostly a punk fan growing up, I listened to the more… MoreAlthough I was mostly a punk fan growing up, I listened to the more popular rap groups, and this included Eazy E. and NWA. The music is good. So is Straight Out Of Compton.
The casting was amazing. The story was good, if not a bit choppy. Some things that happened in the timeline were omitted that would have clarified their story, or made it flow better. I think the writers were trying to fit too much into Straight Out Of Compton. Great editing could have helped.
Straight Out Of Compton is a very good film that's getting the recognition it deserves. I still enjoy listening to the music also. I would say it's worth going to see Straight Out Of Compton in theaters, especially with the other options currently being thrown at us.